The State Government is flicking the switch on a major new wind farm and battery project in the state's west, the Bulgana Green Power Hub.
Leading renewables producer Neoen has commenced full-scale commercial operations of the hub near Stawell, which combines a 204 MW wind farm utilising Siemens-Gamesa turbines with a 20 MW/34 MWh Tesla battery.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio said the energy hub "is a testament to Victoria's leadership on clean energy and climate change."
"The government is proud to achieve Australia's largest ever annual increase in renewable power," she said.
"The renewable energy industry will boost power supply and reliability, create new local jobs across Victoria and drive down energy prices.
"The Bulgana Green Power Hub is another giant step towards Victoria becoming the renewable energy capital of Australia and achieving our target to halve our emissions by 2030."
The $350 million Bulgana Green Power Hub was made possible through a 15-year Support Agreement between the Victorian Government and Neoen, which includes an annual $120,000 Community Benefit Fund to support local community-building and sustainability initiatives.
The power hub created 150 construction jobs and can now generate more than 750,000 MWh of cheap, clean energy annually which is enough to power around 150,000 homes.
This project is part of the state's accelerating transition to clean energy, contributing to Victoria's target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 and capping off a record surge in renewable output for the state.
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